(Pain-Related Lost Productivity) Researchers used data from the American Productivity Audit to measure lost productivity in the US due to common pain conditions. In an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2003, they reported that "Overall, the estimated $61.2 billion per year in pain-related lost productive time in our study accounts for 27% of the total estimated work-related cost of pain conditions in the US workforce."
(Chronic Pain Severity and Control) "Chronic pain sufferers currently taking narcotic pain relievers differ from other chronic pain sufferers as to the severity of their pain, being less likely to have it under control, changing doctors more often, requiring more intensive treatment at hospitals, taking more pills per day, more likely following their doctors prescribed regimen and lastly, to being referred to a specialized program/clinic for their pain."
(Self-Medication with Alcohol) "A small, but significant, percent of chronic pain sufferers have at one time or another turned to alcohol for relief; this occurred more often among middle age adults and men."
(Alternative Therapies) "Medical therapies are not providing sufficient relief, since the majority of chronic pain sufferers, especially those with severe pain, have also turned to non-medicinal therapies. The primary one is a hot/cold pack.
(Reasons for Changing Doctors) "Chronic pain sufferers are having difficulty in finding doctors who can effectively treat their pain, since almost one half have changed doctors since their pain began; almost a fourth have made at least 3 changes. The primary reasons for a change are the doctor not taking their pain seriously enough, the doctor's unwillingness to treat it aggressively, the doctor's lack of knowledge about pain and the fact they still had too much pain.
(Likelihood of Seeing a Physician for Pain) "Almost all chronic pain sufferers have gone to a doctor for relief of their pain at one time or another. Almost 4 of every 10 are not currently doing so, since they think either there is nothing more a doctor can do or in one way or another their pain is under control or they can deal with it themselves.
(Getting Pain Under Control) "Just over one-half of chronic pain sufferers say their pain is pretty much under control. But, this can be attributed primarily to those with moderate pain. The majority of those with the most severe pain do not have it under control and among those who do, it took almost half of them over a year to reach that point. In contrast, 7 of every 10 with moderate pain say they have it under control and it took the majority less than a year to reach that point. Pain can become more severe even when it is under control.
(Prevalence of Chronic Pain) According to a survey conducted by Roper Starch Worldwide for the American Pain Society in 1999, "Chronic pain as defined by this study is a severe and ever present problem. It can be as much of a problem to middle age adults as seniors and is one women are more likely to face than men. The majority of chronic pain sufferers have been living with their pain for over 5 years. Although the more common type is pain that flares up frequently versus being constant, it is still present on average almost 6 days in a typical week.